23 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

23 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly + Drive:  15 h
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
— 8 nights
Fly + Train:  15 h 30 min
End: Dusseldorf


Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Explore Rockford's surroundings by going to Freeport (Oscar Taylor Home, Krape Park, &more), Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb) and Edwards Apple Orchard (in Poplar Grove). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, stroll around Lowell Park, trek along Stone Bridge Trail, and make a trip to Old Settlers Memorial Cabin.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rockford trip planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Rockford is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Dusseldorf to Rockford is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Dusseldorf in September, expect nights in Rockford to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Utica.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Dixon, Freeport, Cherry Valley, Oregon, Stone Bridge Trail
Highlights from your plan
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. ©
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
Edwards Apple Orchard ©
Edwards Apple Orchard
Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens


Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Change things up with these side-trips from Utica: Silver Springs State Park (in Yorkville), Weber House and Garden (in Streator) and Farnsworth House (in Plano). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Starved Rock State Park, walk around LaSalle Rotary Park, make a trip to Washington Square Park, and get engrossed in the history at LaSalle County Historical Society & Museum.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Utica trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rockford to Utica by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Utica

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ottawa, LaSalle, Silver Springs State Park, Weber House and Garden, Farnsworth House
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Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Farnsworth House ©
Farnsworth House
Weber House and Garden ©
Weber House and Garden


Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
When in Chicago, make a side trip to see Bengtson's Pumpkin Fest in Homer Glen, approximately Homer Glen away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, catch a live event at Wrigley Field, and visit The Magnificent Mile.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, read Chicago trip planner.

Drive from Utica to Chicago in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. October in Chicago sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Oak Park, Bengtson's Pumpkin Fest
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field